Ask the Expert: How Often Should My Child Practice the Piano?
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Continuity is Key in Practicing the Piano
Continuity is imperative to your child’s success at piano, so it’s important that you assist your child in creating a routine of daily practice and attending a weekly lesson. Skipping a week of lessons can put a student back at least three weeks! With that said, the simple fact is, your son or daughter will not feel motivated to practice every day of the week.
As a matter of fact, there will be weeks when kids won’t want to practice. Your understanding, however, that learning an instrument is a long-term commitment will ease both your frustration and your child’s pain. Think of exercise and diet--there will be times when you are really good at following your commitment and other times you will fall short. Yet, when you lack the commitment, you don’t quit, you just recommit. Encouragement and understanding will go a long way for your child’s ultimate success.
Nick Ambronsino is the founder and director of Music Simply Music, one of Long Island's largest in-home music education companies. Music Simply Music has been providing piano, guitar, and voice lessons to the Long Island community since 1988.